The Head Grower will oversee a team to manage all aspects of commercial scale deep water culture raft systems growing leafy greens under organic certification. The Head Grower is responsible for plant health and plan yield optimization, the development and administration of best practices and standard operating procedures for plant and greenhouse management, and the development of talent on their team. The Head Grower will have primary responsibility for environmental control operations and strategy development.
Demonstrate mastery of Priva environmental controls and strategy appropriate to the annual patterns of climate in Northfield, Wisconsin.
Optimize growing strategies and standard operating procedures to achieve consistently high quality, high yield crops of leafy greens.
Manage and develop a best-in-class team of growers, providing regular performance feedback and learning opportunities to grow our collective capabilities.
Oversee seeding, transplant, harvest, and pest/disease management to optimize yields and costs.
Maintain an innovative mindset and contribute to furthering the competitive advantage of Superior Fresh with contributions to plant science, technology development, data management and ongoing continuous improvement.
Continually assess, author, and update SOP’s related to ally hydroponic growing processes to ensure industry leading practices are in place.
Maintain awareness of new technologies, equipment, and practices and integrate that knowledge within our continuous improvement efforts.
Contribute to design and optimization of future farm systems.
Propose and carry out projects that improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs, driven by compelling ROI calculations.
Primary hours will be first shift, modified as needed to match against needs of systems and crops.
Will include some evenings and weekends.
Flexible and willing to work extended hours when necessary.
On-call shifts as needed over weekends, nights, and holidays to respond to system alarms, on rotation with other members of the Grow Team.
Travel up to 10%.
Location: Hixton, WI
Pay: Based on Experience
High School Diploma or equivalent, Required
Bachelor’s degree, Preferred
7+ years in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Science or another related field, preferred.
2+ years of organic hydroponics experience, desired.
4+ years of greenhouse environmental-control systems, desired.
Licenses or Certifications
Food safety, GAP, HACCP, etc., preferred.
Pesticide Applicator license, preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Advanced knowledge in plant physiology and pathology.
Demonstrated history of proficiency in techniques used for the production and culture of leafy greens and fruiting vegetables.
Mastery of water chemistry and equipment used to evaluate water quality parameters.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Maintain a professional demeanor with utmost discretion and respect for confidentiality of company intellectual property.
Handle multiple projects simultaneously within established time constraints.
Ability to perform under strong demands in a fast-paced environment.
Respond professionally in situations with difficult employee/vendor/customer issues or inquiries.
Able to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Proficient computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Email, and Internet.
Paid Time Off
Health Savings Account
Tuition Reimbursement Program
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